Empowered Kids Are Better Healers


The Cohen Children’s Medical Center – extolled as New York’s top children’s hospital – has introduced a Children’s Bill of Rights, because it says empowered kids are better healers.

“The Bill of Rights is a set of rules followed passionately by the staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, ensuring our youngest patients feel heard,” said a hospital spokesperson.

Cohen Children’s, delivers nationally recognised care in nine pediatric specialties.

It is part of Northwell Health, a non-profit integrated healthcare network that is New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with more than 74,000 employees in 2020. Irishman, Michael J. Dowling is President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell.

Dowling grew up in Knockaderry, in west Limerick. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork and his Master’s degree from Fordham University. He played hurling at University College, winning a Fitzgibbon Cup medal. He later played with Limerick and won a National League medal.

In 1979, Dowling became a professor at Fordham University and Director of the Tarrytown campus. He went on to be a Professor of Social Policy and Assistant Dean at the Graduate School of Social Services. After working at Fordham, Dowling served in New York State Government as State Director of Health, Education and Human Services and Deputy Secretary to former governor Mario Cuomo. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.